It’s at the stage of the semester when deadlines are no longer 2 weeks away, but are 2 days away, IC0 is starting to look a lot busier, and more of our bank accounts are crying with the cost of Shaky Isles’ coffee.
It’s test season. The (second) worst time of our semester. You’re probably starting to hear a lot of your lectures (most likely at 2x speed at 11pm at night) giving tips and advice on studying and maintaining mental health. But have we ever really followed that advice?
It’s Fashion Week and we’re here to make looking after yourself cute! Who says self-care and studying can’t be fashionable? We’ve got the kind of wellbeing advice where you can do it because we do it. It’s the no-bullshit reality of taking care of yourself from none other than the Wellbeing Ambassadors!
“Try taking a study break in mother nature. I like to study in a good old pair of sweatpants and a hoodie a couple of sizes too big. Often, 99 problems seem to come up when I study, ranging from getting distracted to getting tired, and I’d prefer comfort not to be one! On getting distracted and tired, I find yeeting my phone to the other side of the room and going outside for some fresh air helps! Being in nature helps to destress and relax your mind.” – Henry
“Break up your day with Netflix. My current stitch up is to wear cargo pants and Jordan’s so I look great walking out of Munchy with a pie, a blue V and chips hanging out of my pockets. Feeling good about what I wear calms my anxiety, which means I can jump fully into study, usually in IC0 or 2, and then watch Kath & Kim; it’s nice, it’s different, it’s unusual.” – Victoria
“Be around others that aren’t distracting. You’ll usually find me in Grafton studying in the commons area. Having other people around me with lots of noise makes me feel like I need to get my shit together and so the best way to do that is to dress fancy (as all Grafton med students do). Blazer, boots, and a long skirt. Once I feel like I look smart, it gives me the boost of energy and confidence to get stuff done and look professional as while stressing over my assignments.” – Shivani
“Avoid bad habits. I know once I pick up my phone or other devices, I find it hard to put it back down. A quick glance can turn into hours gone by! I’ve found that scheduling some time to look at my phone or catch up on notifications has been a big help to my focus. Part of that is also being comfortable when I study, so that’s usually shorts and a hoodie. But that comfortability could mean something else for you. Wear what you like and study your best way!” – Neel
And if our tips weren’t enough, we’ve got a whole other list of them on our website! Just scan the nifty QR code and you can get more tips from the wellbeing experts. Remember, if it’s getting too much and you’re not sure how to handle it all, reach out for help.
Love, your Wellbeing Ambassadors <3
Photography credit: Student Wellbeing Team